Open Call – Simons Foundation – 2021 Bridge to Independence Award

Jan 14, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Open Call - Simons Foundation - 2021 Bridge to Independence Award

The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Simons Foundation.

UCSC Contact:
Funder: Simons Foundation
Program2021 Bridge to Independence Award
Funding: $495,000, over 3 years


The Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain’s (SCGB) Bridge to Independence (BTI) Award aims to facilitate the transition of the next generation of systems and computational neuroscientists to research independence. This RFA is aimed at Ph.D. and M.D.–holding scientists who are currently in training positions but intend to seek tenure-track research faculty positions during the upcoming academic year. Through this effort, we seek to fund scientists doing work consistent with SCGB’s scientific mission, ideally investigating large-scale circuits at single-cell resolution to understand neural dynamics and coding. We especially encourage applications from populations underrepresented in the scientific workforce.


Letters of recommendation and LOIs due April 5, 2021


  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree.
  • Applicants must be currently in non-independent, mentored training positions, as recognized by their institution. See FAQs for guidelines.
  • Applicants must be actively seeking a tenure-track position at an institution of higher education during the next job cycle.
  • Applicants are not eligible if they are recipients of other career development awards with similar budgetary scopes as the SCGB BTI Award. See FAQs for more information.
  • Applicants must not have accepted a formal offer for a tenure-track faculty position.

Special Requirements

Please promptly submit your proposal intake form prior to the UCSC’s Internal Institutional Deadlines. For proposal support, or for any questions about institutional requirements, please send requests and questions to the research development team at A proposal development specialist will field your requests.

Original Call sent: January 13, 2021

The Office Corporate and Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The CFR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. CFR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations and corporations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits.

For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the CFR website.  CFR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact